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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday March 14, 2021 ( 91 items )  

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces 4Q and Full Year 2020 Financial Results
DALLAS, Texas, March 9 -- A.H. Belo, a local news and information publishing company, issued the following news release on March 8, 2021: A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) today reported a fourth quarter 2020 net loss of $1.7 million, or $(0.08) per share, and an operating loss of $4.0 million. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company reported a net loss of $1.1 million, or $(0.05) per share, and an operating loss of $2.4 million. For the fourth quarter of 2020, on a non-GAAP basis, A. H. B  more

Angelo State University: Biology Students Win State Mammalogy Research Awards
SAN ANGELO, Texas, March 9 (TNSRes) -- Angelo State University issued the following news release: Kamren Jefferson of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Zoey Stormes of Keller, biology students at Angelo State University, both won top prizes for their research presentations at the recent annual meeting of the Texas Society of Mammalogists (TSM) that was conducted virtually this year. Jefferson, a graduate student, won the Robert L. Packard Award for best overall oral presentation, which includes a $500   more

Angelo State University: Security Studies Prof Wins National Research Prize
SAN ANGELO, Texas, March 11 -- Angelo State University issued the following news release: Dr. William A. Taylor, an associate professor of global security studies at Angelo State University, has been awarded the 2021 Sharon Ritenour Stevens Prize from the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE). Once university travel resumes, the prize will fund Taylor's archival research at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Kansas for his newest book, "The Advent of the All-Volunteer Force:   more

Aug. 12 - Texas A&M: Yarnold Selected for Steel Bridge Task Force Award Lecture
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 10 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Dr. Matthew Yarnold, assistant professor in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been chosen to deliver the 2021 Robert J. Dexter Memorial Award Lecture. The award was given by the Steel Bridge Task Force Oversight Council of the American Iron and Steel Institute, the National Steel Bridge Alliance, and the American Associati  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Microbes May Hold Key for Treating Neurological Disorders
HOUSTON, Texas, March 11 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: When we think about the causes of neurological disorders and how to treat them, we think about targeting the brain. But is this the best or only way? Maybe not. New research by scientists at Baylor College of Medicine suggests that microbes in the gut may contribute to certain symptoms associated with complex neurological disorders. The findings, published in the journal Cell, also suggest tha  more

Baylor Takes Part in National 'Age-Friendly Health Systems' Initiative
HOUSTON, Texas, March 13 -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: Baylor College of Medicine announced that it is part of a movement to improve healthcare for older adults called the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative. Baylor Medicine, the primary multidisciplinary clinical practice of Baylor College of Medicine, is joining this national movement to focus not only on health issues in older adults but on 'What Matters Most' to them. As part of the Age-Friendly He  more

Baylor University Announces New Accelerate Summer Program and Second Year of Innovative Summer of Discovery
WACO, Texas, March 9 -- Baylor University issued the following news on March 8, 2021: Baylor University today announced plans for summer classes through Accelerate, the University's pre-college program for rising high school juniors and seniors, and a second year of Baylor's innovative Summer of Discovery program with discounted summer course offerings for current students as well as incoming freshmen and transfers. "Summer of Discovery and Accelerate are great opportunities for students to ma  more

Baylor University Announces New Chair in Study of Black Worship
WACO, Texas, March 10 (TNSPer) -- Baylor University issued the following news on March 9, 2021: Baylor University today announced a $1.5 million gift from the Prichard Family Foundation and Ella Wall Prichard, B.A. '63, of Corpus Christi, to establish an endowed faculty position that will further the research and work of the nationally renowned Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, as well as scholarship in the areas of Black worship, preaching and studies. The Lev H. Prichard III Chair in t  more

Center for Justice Research Director Provided Expert Testimony Before House Judiciary Subcommittee
HOUSTON, Texas, March 13 -- Texas Southern University's Center for Justice Research issued the following news release: Founding Director of the Center for Justice Research Dr. Howard Henderson appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security to provide expert testimony on federal drug policies impacting Black communities. Dr. Henderson's testimony underscored the Center for Justice Research's mission to reduce  more

ConocoPhillips 2021 Share Repurchase Program of $1.5 Billion Underway
HOUSTON, Texas, March 11 -- ConocoPhillips, a producer of oil and gas resources, issued the following news release on March 10, 2021: ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today announced that it resumed its share repurchase program at an annualized level of $1.5 billion, a 50% increase compared to the level of repurchases underway in the fourth quarter of 2020 when the program was suspended due to the Concho transaction. The company expects to execute the program ratably across all four quarters in 2021.  more

Dallas Education Foundation and Atmos Energy Recognize Dallas ISD Maintenance and Facilities Team Members
DALLAS, Texas, March 11 -- The Dallas Independent School District issued the following news release: Atmos Energy and the Dallas Education Foundation have partnered to recognize the tireless efforts of the Dallas ISD Maintenance and Facilities essential team members for their work during the recent winter storms. Over 140 Dallas ISD schools were damaged due to record freezing temperatures, including flooding due to burst pipes. While the nearly 1600 employees in the Maintenance and Facility Se  more

Dallas Independent School District: Dallas Education Foundation Receives $50,000 From Michael Young to Restore Reverchon Park Ball Field
DALLAS, Texas, March 12 -- The Dallas Independent School District issued the following news release: The Dallas Education Foundation received a $50,000 donation from Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Michael Young to restore the Reverchon Park Ball Field which will serve as the home field for the North Dallas High School Bulldogs baseball team. Many Dallas residents know Mr. Young as an immensely talented baseball player whose No. 10 jersey was retired by the Rangers in 2019. In addition to his incre  more

Dallas ISD is Launching a Record Number of Choice Schools, Expanding Options for Families
DALLAS, Texas, March 12 -- The Dallas Independent School District issued the following news release: Dallas ISD will launch a record number of choice programs and schools in the 2021-2022 school year, significantly increasing the education choices in families' backyards across the Dallas area. This will create nearly 60 choice schools across Dallas ISD. See a map of the new choice schools and programs. Representatives from the Dallas ISD Office of Transformation and Innovation surprised schoo  more

Darren Woods Shares Strategy for Long-Term Growth in Lower-Carbon Future With Employees
IRVING, Texas, March 12 -- ExxonMobil, an international energy company, issued the following statement on March 11, 2021, by Chairman and CEO Darren Woods: * * * At ExxonMobil's 2021 Investor Day, Chairman and CEO Darren Woods detailed for the investment community the company's long-term plans to grow shareholder value in a lower-carbon future. He summarized the points he made during his Investor Day presentation in a communication for employees, which is available here: Last week we held our  more

Democratic Governors Association: Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey Continues to Defend Pushing Conspiracies & Texas GOP's Reckless Approach to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, March 11 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey continued his tour of extremist and out-of-touch comments during a radio interview on Monday, tripling down on his lies about the January 6th insurrection and reiterating his defense of Texas' reckless COVID-19 policies. Shirkey was caught on video last month calling the Capitol riot a "hoax" and insisting "that wasn't Trump people," a theory that's been proven f  more

Dr. Amie Bedgood Named Texas Lutheran University's Director of Nursing
SEGUIN, Texas, March 13 (TNSPer) -- Texas Lutheran University issued the following news: Texas Lutheran University is pleased to announce that Dr. Amie Bedgood has accepted a permanent position as director of nursing, bringing strong leadership skills to help the program grow and continue meeting a national demand for nurses. Dr. Bedgood joined TLU as an instructor in the fall of 2014 and was promoted to assistant professor in fall 2021, just before assuming the role of interim director of nur  more

Fla. State Sen. Democratic Leader Farmer to DEP: Deny Drilling Permits in Everglades
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, March 13 -- The Florida State Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point: Alarmed by efforts of a Texas-based oil company to secure permits from the state Department of Environmental Protection to begin drilling in the environmentally-threatened Big Cypress National Preserve, Senate Democratic Leader Gary Farmer (D-Lighthouse Point) on Friday called on the agency to deny any authorization. "I have serious conc  more

Garcia Named WT's First Sylvia Nugent Professor of Education
CANYON, Texas, March 11 (TNSPer) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: A new endowed professorship will help West Texas A&M University continue its longstanding tradition of educating the educators of the Texas Panhandle. Dr. Beth Garcia will serve as WT's first Sylvia Nugent Professor of Education, WT administrators announced today. The professorship was established in January in Nugent's honor, recognizing her years of service in Texas politics, including political consult  more

Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board
AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Tara Turk-Zaafran to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor reappointed Jelain Chubb and Malinda L. Cowen for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025 and February 1, 2024, respectively. The board works to improve archival and records storage conditions throughout the state and ensures that permane  more

Houston Baptist University Students Present Their Undergraduate Research
HOUSTON, Texas, March 12 (TNSRes) -- Houston Baptist University issued the following news release: HBU offers a unique environment for undergraduate students to engage in research projects with the support of faculty mentors. Three students, Sara Zrnikova, Kaitlin Smith, and Jessica Rabius, presented their research at the Texas Chapter of American Sports Medicine Association Annual Meeting in February; Zrnikova went on to present her work at Texas Undergraduate Research Day. Dr. MaryCatherine   more

Lamar University: Grant Allows Students Impacted by COVID-19 to Go Back to School
BEAUMONT, Texas, March 9 (TNSGra) -- Lamar University issued the following news: An LU professor has secured a $600,000 grant to support students forced to quit school due to the impact of COVID-19. Dr. Mamta Singh, an associate professor of science education in teacher education in the College of Education & Human Development at Lamar University, has been awarded two installments of $300,000 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant. The grant supp  more

Lamar University: Sanderson to Publish Fifth Murder/Thriller Novel
BEAUMONT, Texas, March 9 -- Lamar University issued the following news: Lamar University's resident mystery writer will soon have another novel published. Jim Sanderson, professor and chair of English and modern languages, weaves murder and suspense in an eighth novel, "Gambled Dreams," to be published March 9 by Moonshine Cove Publishing. In "Gambled Dreams," gamblers, cons and prostitutes inhabit the night-time bar world of the early 1980s Odessa, Texas oil boom. Colton Parker--with a wife,   more

MD Anderson's Therapeutics Discovery Division, Orionis Biosciences Launch Project Helios to Advance Novel Small-Molecule Cancer Medicines
HOUSTON, Texas, March 10 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on March 9, 2021: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's Therapeutics Discovery division and Orionis Biosciences today announced the launch of Project Helios, a research collaboration designed to unlock new drug development opportunities through genome-scale mapping of drug-target interactions. Combining Orionis' unique high-throughput drug discovery technolog  more

Phishing Scam Asking Recipients to Validate Information Appears to Target Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation Licensees
AUSTIN, Texas, March 13 -- The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issued the following news release: An unknown number of people appear to have been targeted with an email that asks them to validate their profile information with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. TDLR did not send the email, and the agency urges anyone who received it to delete the email without clicking on the link or confirming or providing any personal information. A TDLR licensee alerted the agenc  more

Public Utility Commission of Texas Names Director of ERCOT, Inc. Accountability
AUSTIN, Texas, March 12 -- The Public Utility Commission of Texas issued the following news release on March 11, 2021: The Public Utility Commission of Texas today named Adrianne Brandt the agency's new Director of ERCOT, Inc. Accountability and charged her with enhancing the PUC's oversight of the grid operator and market manager. In this role, she will be assisted by former ERCOT COO, Brad Jones. "Adrianne is the exact mixture of knowledge, experience and toughness this role requires," said   more

Rice Business Names Constance Porter Senior Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
HOUSTON, Texas, March 11 (TNSPer) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Constance Porter, assistant clinical professor of marketing at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business, has joined the leadership team of the school's newly expanded Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). As the senior associate dean of the DEI office, Porter is part of the Rice Business Task Force on Racial Equity and Social Justice, which is charged with researching, evaluating and r  more

Rice University: Biden Should Issue Executive Order Granting 'Dreamers' Citizenship, Baker Institute Paper Argues
HOUSTON, Texas, March 10 (TNSRep) -- Rice University issued the following news release: The pathway to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status --otherwise known as getting a green card -- is full of roadblocks for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries, according to new research from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The paper from the institute's Center for the United States and Mexico, "The Materialization of a Dream: Creating a Pathway to Permanent Res  more

Rice University: New Teamwork Model Could Improve Patient Health Care
HOUSTON, Texas, March 9 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Health care teams must prepare for anything, including the unconventional work environments brought about by a global pandemic and social unrest. Open communication and trust are essential for successful teamwork in challenging health care situations, as detailed in "Building effective healthcare team development interventions in uncertain times: Tips for success." The paper was authored by researchers at Ri  more

Rice University: Six Research Teams Win Carbon Hub Funding
HOUSTON, Texas, March 9 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Carbon Hub, Rice University's zero-emissions research initiative, has awarded seed grants for six projects that will rapidly advance its vision for transforming the oil and gas sector into a leading provider of both clean hydrogen energy and solid carbon products that can be used in place of materials with large carbon footprints. Six research teams from Rice University; the University of Cambridge, England;  more

Tarleton, Goldthwaite ISD Team Up for Student Benefits
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, March 9 -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: The Goldthwaite Consolidated Independent School District and Tarleton State University agreed recently to a partnership to help GCISD seniors get their college education. The Goldthwaite CISD Board of Trustees and Tarleton leaders finalized an arrangement offering guaranteed admission and annual scholarships for the top 25 percent of Goldthwaite High School graduates beginning with the 2021-22 academic  more

Tarrant County College to Provide $35 Million in Grants to Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 12 (TNSGra) -- Tarrant County College issued the following news release: Tarrant County College (TCC) is continuing its commitment to support its financially vulnerable students during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring they can stay enrolled and work toward the completion of their programs. TCC is scheduled to receive $49.7 million from the recently authorized Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) 2021, Higher Education Emergency Relief  more

Task Force 1-194 Soldier Runs With The Torch
FORT BLISS, Texas, March 11 -- The Minnesota National Guard issued the following news: Spc. Becca Strangstalien of Baxter, Minnesota, graduated from Advanced Individual Training as a unit supply specialist less than seven months ago. In the short amount of time that she has been back, she's found herself preparing to deploy and carrying out the duties of a non-commissioned officer as her unit's lone supply specialist. Strangstalien is a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the Mi  more

Texas A&M School of Public Health, Superfund Center Present Community Webinars on COVID-19 Disparities, Encouraging Vaccination
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 13 -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release on March 12, 2021: When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, scientists were faced with a serious challenge--how to educate the general public on a disease that they themselves knew so little about. During the past year, however, science has made great advances in its knowledge of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, even to the point of develop  more

Texas A&M Team Wins Lockheed Martin Ethics in Engineering Case Competition
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 13 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Industrial and systems engineering senior Chase Dickson and materials science and engineering senior Gavin Van Skiver were part of a team that won the 2021 Lockheed Martin Ethics in Engineering Case Competition. The team defeated Brigham Young University in the final round of the competition on Feb. 25. Each group was tasked with evaluating how to ethically proceed with a manned test fl  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: Study - Asthma Deaths More Common Among Unemployed in Mexico
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 12 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: A team of researchers from the United States and Mexico led by Genny Carrillo, MD, Sc.D., associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health and director of the Program of Asthma Research and Education, investigated asthma-related hospitalizations and deaths in Mexico. Published in the International J  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: What Do Caregivers Think of Fall Alert Devices?
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 10 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: The falls alert device commercial used to be a mainstay in television marketing, with many people able to recite the iconic line about falling and not being able to get up. However, falls alert technology has progressed and now includes several types of wearable electronic devices powered by microprocessors that can be worn as accessories or embedded in clothing that send and rec  more

Texas A&M University: Positive Reinforcements Help Algorithm Correctly Forecast Underground Natural Reserves
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 11 (TNSJou) -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news: Using machine learning, researchers at Texas A&M University have developed an algorithm that automates the process of determining key features of Earth's subterranean environment, including bountiful reservoirs of groundwater, oil and natural gas. Specifically, the researchers' algorithm is designed on the principle of reinforcement or reward learning. Here, the com  more

Texas A&M VMTH, Gary Sinise Foundation Help Veteran's Dog Beat Cancer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 11 -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: "Lilly is more than just our dog. She's more than just our family member. She's changed my child's life and made it so much better," said Laura Deming, a physician's assistant and Navy veteran from Houston. Lilly, a 10-year-old black lab, joined the Deming family in 2011 as a trained assistance dog for Deming's son, Beau, who has autism and a hist  more

Texas A&M: Former Student Reflects on Value of High-Impact Experiences
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 12 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Opportunities to gain relevant, directly applicable work experience while in school are invaluable. For Lauren Williams, a former student in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, high-impact experiences helped lead her to her current position as a nuclear fuel analysis engineer at General Electric. Nuclear Regulatory Commission internship Before graduating in t  more

Texas A&M: Pentzer Named 2021 Rising Star by the American Chemical Society
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 9 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Dr. Emily Pentzer, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Rising Star Award by the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Women Chemists Committee (WCC). Pentzer received this honor for her significant contributions to the field of polymer and materials s  more

Texas A&M: Researchers Develop New Algorithm That Could Reduce Complexity of Big Data
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 9 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Whenever a scientific experiment is conducted, the results are turned into numbers, often producing huge datasets. In order to reduce the size of the data, computer programmers use algorithms that can find and extract the principal features that represent the most salient statistical properties. But many such algorithms cannot be applied directly applied to these large volumes of  more

Texas A&M: Understanding the Resilience of Barrier Islands and Coastal Dunes After Storms
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 9 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: When a coastline undergoes massive erosion, like a hurricane flattening a beach and its nearby environments, it has to rebuild itself - relying on the resilience of its natural coastal structures to begin piecing itself back together in a way that will allow it to survive the next large phenomena that comes its way. Drs. Orencio Duran Vinent, assistant professor, and Ignacio Rod  more

Texas A&M: Virtual Intensive Care Visitations Help Families Connect With COVID-19 Patients
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 12 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: During the start and onrush of the COVID-19 pandemic, all hospitals in the state of Texas restricted visitation for intensive care unit (ICU) patients and their families because of the infectious nature of the virus. Family members were unable to visit, or even communicate, with their loved ones, leaving many individuals with feelings of anxiety, confusion and fear of the unknown. A gr  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Announces Multistate Settlement With AMCA Over 2019 Data Breach
AUSTIN, Texas, March 13 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on March 12, 2021: Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas joined a coalition of 41 attorneys general in an Agreed Judgment against Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau d/b/a American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), resolving an investigation of AMCA's 2019 data breach that exposed the personal information of over seven million individuals, including approximately 1.4 million Texans. AMCA co  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Expands Winter Storm Investigation Into Natural Gas Price Increases
AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) to Intercontinental Gas Exchange, a natural gas exchange that saw massive price increases during the February winter storm that swept through Texas. "As we learn more about what drove pricing spikes during the recent winter storm disaster, I am expanding the scope of my investigation to include the natural gas industry as well as e  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Issues Letter to Austin Mayor and Travis County Judge Warning Against Unlawful Mask Orders
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following letter: To: Judge Brown and Mayor Adler: Over the past 24 hours, Travis County and City of Austin officials announced that local orders requiring individuals to wear face masks while outside their homes will continue unabated, despite the issuance of Governor Abbott's executive order GA-34, which states that as of today, "no person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face co  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Environmental Protection Division Recoups Over $2.4 Million
AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on March 8, 2021: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Environmental Protection Division has already recovered a staggering $2.4 million in civil litigation for the 2021 Fiscal Year. In addition, the state receives an annual economic damage payment of over $6 million for the Deepwater Horizon event that will be collected annually through 2033 to remedy that environmental disaster.  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Fifth Circuit Issues Sanctions Against Perkins Coie
AUSTIN, Texas, March 13 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on March 12, 2021: Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered sanctions against Marc Elias and other attorneys at Perkins Coie, an international law firm that provides counsel for the Democratic National Committee, for submitting redundant and misleading supplemental filings in their attempt to re-implement straight-ticket voting i  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Letter Against Exec Order Implementing 'Gender Identity' Ideology
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following letter: To: Joseph R. Biden, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Biden: Of all the radical and unconstitutional executive orders you handed down on Inauguration Day, Executive Order 13988 may be the most insidious. The order purports to combat discrimination based on "gender identity" and "sexual orientation." In reality, it sacrifices women's and girls' sports, safe  more

Texas Democratic Party Companies Tell Workers to Come Back to Work Immediately After Democrats Passed the American Rescue Plan
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on March 10. 2021: Democrats just saved the jobs of Americans across the country with today's final passage of President Biden's 1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The bill, which will be signed by the President this week, includes an extension for the airline Payroll Support Program. Fort Worth-based American Airlines quickly sent a letter to all previously furloughed employees saying to come back thanks to Democr  more

Texas Democratic Party on the Senate Passing a $1.9 Billion Relief Package for Texas and American Families
AUSTIN, Texas, March 8 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on March 6, 2021: The Senate passed President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-relief package. The passage of the American Rescue Plan in the Senate means that millions of Texans will soon receive $1,400 checks to support their families through this crisis and billions of dollars will now go towards additional unemployment aid, our nation's schools, small businesses, vaccine distribution, and funding for state and local   more

Texas Democratic Party: Abbott Blames Migrants, President Biden for Spread of COVID-19 in Attempt to Shift Focus Away From His Failure in Leadership
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on March 9, 2021: One day before Texas opens to 100 percent and leaves governmental response during a pandemic to the "personal responsibility" of Texans, Governor Abbott was in Mission distracting from his duties during the COVID-19 crisis. Abbott was on the border today spouting racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric and has blamed migrants for bringing COVID-19 into Texas, even when CNN reported that Abbott rejected fe  more

Texas Democratic Party: As Abbott's Order to Gut COVID-19 Protections Takes Effect, Mayors Across Texas Condemn Abbott's Reckless Decision and Urge Texans to Continue Wearing Masks
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on March 10, 2021: Governor Abbott's reckless decision to lift all statewide COVID-19 restrictions takes effect. Mayors across Texas have condemned the move as premature and dangerous, and are fighting to put in place protections for their cities: Austin Mayor Steve Adler had the following comment: "The most effective thing each of us can do to help ensure schools and businesses can continue to open is to wear mask  more

Texas Democratic Party: As COVID-19 Struck, Dan Crenshaw Bought Stocks and Failed to Disclose Them
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: The Daily Beast issued a bombshell report Monday revealing how Texas Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw bought stocks and did not disclose them, just as federal CARES Act money was being rolled out in March 2020. As the Beast reports, Crenshaw had never traded individual stocks during his first 13 months as a Congressman. But when COVID-19 hit the U.S., rather than focusing on the serious struggles facing Texans,  more

Texas Democratic Party: Help Is on the Way for Millions of Americans Thanks to Democrats in Congress
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on March 10. 2021: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement regarding the final passage of President Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan: "Thanks to Democrats in the House and Senate, help is on the way to hundreds of millions of Americans in the midst of this pandemic. "This historic legislation will not only provide Americans with $1,400 survival checks, but it will al  more

Texas Democratic Party: New CDC Report Warns Abbott's Reopening Decision Will Lead to Increase in Texas COVID-19 Deaths
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on March 9, 2021: With just one day until Greg Abbott's decision to reopen Texas at 100 percent takes effect, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that Texas should expect an uptick in both COVID-19 infections and deaths. Governor Abbott's decision to lift all remaining statewide COVID-19 protections, including the mask mandate, was condemned by leaders and health experts across the count  more

Texas Democratic Party: This Is Biggest Story in Texas Right Now - New Reports of Crenshaw and Paxton's Corruption Show Texas Republicans' Sole Focus Is on Lining Their Own Pockets
AUSTIN, Texas, March 12 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: This week, damning reports emerged about Texas Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw and indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, revealing new depths of corruption in the heart of the Texas GOP. Yesterday, the Associated Press broke the news that while under FBI investigation, disgraced Attorney General Ken Paxton gave a cushily-paid job to a political donor -- an on-brand move for the chronically corrupt Paxton  more

Texas Democratic Party: Three-Act Tragedy - Gutting of COVID-19 Protections Is the Latest in Abbott's String of Attacks on Texans
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on March 10, 2021: As Greg Abbott's catastrophic decision to lift all statewide COVID-19 protections takes effect today, Texas Democrats continue to condemn this disastrous move by our failed governor. This year, Greg Abbott has shown us that he is willing to put Texans through tragedy after tragedy. From day one, Greg Abbott refused to take the pandemic seriously and more than 45,000 Texans have died because of th  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces 34 Counties Participating in Second Week of Save Our Seniors Initiative
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 9, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency (TDEM), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Texas Military Department (TMD) have announced 34 counties participating in the second week of the Save Our Seniors COVID-19 vaccine initiative. During the first week of the initiative, the Governor announced 26 participating counties. The Governor   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to State Pension Review Board
AUSTIN, Texas, March 12 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Christopher Gonzales and reappointed Stephanie Leibe and Christopher Zook to the State Pension Review Board for terms set to expire on January 31, 2027. The board reviews all Texas public retirement systems, both state and local, for actuarial soundness and compliance with state law. Christopher Gonzales of Cypress is Global Director Pensions and Investments for LyondellB  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Williams and Rose to Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas, March 12 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Lemuel Williams, Jr. and reappointed Courtney Johnson Rose to the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board oversees the provision of affordable housing for low income Texans. Lemuel Williams, Jr. of Austin is Managing Director of CTX Asset Management, where he identifies investment opportunities w  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Extends COVID-19 Disaster Declaration - March 2021
AUSTIN, Texas, March 8 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas; and WHEREAS, in each subsequent month effective through today, I have issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all Texas   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Extends Hurricane Harvey Proclamation - March 2021
AUSTIN, Texas, March 8 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation on March 6, 2021: WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, N  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Prepositions State Firefighting Resources in Response to Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions Across Parts of Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 9, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), Texas A&M Forest Service, and the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) have prepositioned resources in response to an elevated to critical risk of wildfires in the Panhandle, Western Plains, Trans Pecos, and the South Texas Plains. These areas of Texas are experiencing significantly warm  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Provides Update on State Response to Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 9, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Mission, Texas to discuss the state's response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the Texas-Mexico border. Prior to the press conference, the Governor took an aerial tour of the border and received a briefing from members of the U.S. Border Patrol, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the National Border Patrol Council, and th  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Bunin and Rios to Governing Board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Alex Bunin and Gonzalo Rios, Jr. to the Governing Board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. The commission provides financial and technical support to counties to develop and maintain quality, cost-effective indigent defense systems. Alex Bunin of Houston is the chief public defender of Harris County. He has assisted in   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Eight to Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed eight members to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee for terms ending February 1, 2027. The Committee advises the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Division for Early Childhood Intervention Services on development and implementation of policies that constitute the statewide ECI system. Sarah E. Abrahams of Austin is the Deputy Associate Commissi  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Four to Texas Juvenile Justice Board
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Edeska Barnes, Jr., Lisa Jarrett, Ann Lattimore, and Wes Ritchey for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board is charged with developing and implementing rules to govern the department, executive director and staff, and to establish the mission and set goals for the department to emphasize keeping youth in home communities while balancing rehabilitative needs w  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Lake to Texas Water Development Board
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Peter Lake to the Texas Water Development Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. The Board provides leadership, planning, financial and technical assistance for the responsible development of water for the State of Texas. Peter Lake of Austin has served on the board since December 2015, and as chairman since 2018. He is the former head of business developme  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Polk to Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Carl Ray Polk, Jr. to the Soil and Water Conservation Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. The board administers Texas' soil and water conservation law, and coordinates conservation and pollution abatement programs throughout the state. Carl Ray Polk, Jr. of Lufkin is a partner with Corner Capital Advisors, LLC. In addition, he is an owner and operator of  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Riggs to Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District
AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Weldon Riggs to the Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District for a term set to expire on February 1, 2025. The District is required to preserve, protect, conserve and recharge the underground water in Wilson, Atascosa, Karnes and Frio counties. Weldon Riggs of the Black Hill Community in Atascosa County is a cattle rancher, raising Angus cattle in Atascosa and B  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Three to Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders With Medical or Mental Impairments
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Sanjay Adhia, M.D., Denise Oncken, and Roger Rodriguez to the Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The committee advises the board and the director of the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments on matters related to offender  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Three to Dental Review Committee
AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Reena Kuba, D.D.S, Jessica Bell, D.D.S, and Brenda Olivarez to the Dental Review Committee for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The committee serves on informal settlement conference panels to determine whether an informal disposition of a contested case against a license holder is appropriate, and to make recommendations for the disposition of the complaint or al  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Three to Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
AUSTIN, Texas, March 12 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Abbott has reappointed Bereket Derie, Ph.D., Steven Fleming, and LaFawn Thompson to the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board may set reasonable and necessary fees to be charged applicants and license holders, including fees for application, examination, licensure, and renewal of a license. In addition, the board shall base a fee for examin  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, National Border Patrol Council Release Joint Statement on DHS Mass Vaccination Clinic in the Rio Grande Valley
AUSTIN, Texas, March 13 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following joint statement: * * * Governor Greg Abbott and National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) President Brandon Judd today issued a joint statement on the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security will hold a mass vaccination clinic next week in the Rio Grande Valley to vaccinate Border Patrol agents in Texas: "We are glad to hear that the Biden Administration is finally stepping up and holding a mass vaccination c  more

Texas Tech University: How Will COVID-19 Relief Bill Affect Your Taxes? Here's the Answer
LUBBOCK, Texas, March 13 -- Texas Tech University issued the following news release on March 12, 2021: Yesterday afternoon (March 11), President Joe Biden signed into law a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package. Since then, Americans have begun asking what it means for them and, specifically, their tax returns. Early filers have received their refunds already. People who filed a little later have been sitting in limbo, wondering what happens to their projected amounts now tha  more

UMass Amherst: Zink, Sitaraman Win Best Paper Award for Research on 360-Degree Video Streaming
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 12 (TNSRes) -- The University of Massachusetts-Amherst issued the following news: Associate professor Mike Zink of the electrical and computing engineering department and professor Ramesh Sitaraman of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at UMass Amherst, along with Joonsup Park of the University of Texas at Tyler and Mingyuan Wu, Eric Lee, Bo Chen and Klara Nahrstedt of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), recently received a b  more

University of Houston Geologists Discover Powerful 'River of Rocks' Below Caribbean
HOUSTON, Texas, March 12 (TNSJou) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: Geologists have long thought tectonic plates move because they are pulled by the weight of their sinking portions and that an underlying, hot, softer layer called asthenosphere serves as a passive lubricant. But a team of geologists at the University of Houston has found that layer is actually flowing vigorously, moving fast enough to drive plate motions. In their study published in Nature Communi  more

University of Houston-Victoria Center for Regional Collaboration Teams Up With Nonprofit on Rural Broadband
VICTORIA, Texas, March 11 -- The University of Houston Victoria campus issued the following news release: As the pandemic has caused more people to work and learn from home, internet bandwidth has become a necessity to continue life as normally as possible. The University of Houston-Victoria Center for Regional Collaboration has teamed up with other organizations to help rural communities in DeWitt, Lavaca and Refugio counties get broadband internet service for their residents. "We were heari  more

University of Houston: Now Is the Time to Study Impact of Pandemic on Mothers and Babies
HOUSTON, Texas, March 10 (TNSJou) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: If past natural disasters have taught us anything about their effects on pregnant women and developing babies, it is to pay close attention, for the added stress will surely have an impact on them. Amanda Venta, associate professor of psychology at the University of Houston, is sounding that alarm as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic in a newly released study published in Child Psychiatry & Human  more

University of North Texas Police Captain Receives Leadership Command College Certification
DENTON, Texas, March 9 -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: University of North Texas Police Capt. Jeremy Polk recently graduated from the Leadership Command College, one of the nation's premiere law enforcement management programs. In addition to teaching police leadership, the program allows participants to develop skills in conflict resolution and communications, learn about best practices and ethical standards, and work on personal development such as fitness.  more

University of Texas Arlington: Protective Gear for the Battlefield and Beyond
ARLINGTON, Texas, March 10 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: A University of Texas at Arlington researcher is investigating the capabilities of "smart" protective helmets that could sense head and brain injuries and allow soldiers to more rapidly receive medical treatment. Ashfaq Adnan, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, has received a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to study "smart" pro  more

University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing: Tracking Cosmic Ghosts
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center issued the following news release on March 10, 2021: The idea was so far-fetched it seemed like science fiction: create an observatory out of a one cubic kilometer block of ice in Antarctica to track ghostly particles called neutrinos that pass through the Earth. But speaking to Benedickt Riedel, global computing manager at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, it makes perfect sense. "Construct  more

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antoniop: Early Tracheotomy Helps Patients Avoid Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, Team Finds
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 12 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release: Surgically opening the windpipe, or trachea, within the first seven days of the start of mechanical ventilation decreases the time patients spend on ventilators, shortens their ICU stay and lowers their risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia, according to a systematic review published Thursday (March 11) in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. "We analyz  more

University of Texas Medical Branch Part of Network to Help Students Develop Entrepreneurship Skills
GALVESTON, Texas, March 13 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch issued the following news release: The University of Texas Medical Branch now is a part of a global network that promotes student entrepreneurship, training and mentoring with academic and industry professionals. Through the support of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, students, trainees, and fellows can access Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars resources, including hands-on learning experiences, fellowships, startup serv  more

University of Texas System: Mental Health and Student Safety Services Cited as Regents' Top Priority
AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 -- The University of Texas System issued the following news release on March 8, 2021: Numerous studies indicate an increasing number of young adults are experiencing mental health issues that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, three out of four Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 reported poor mental health related to the uncertainty and isolation the past year has caused. With an investment of nearly $6 million by th  more

University of Texas: Accurately Editing Genes in Living Cells Means Grappling With Knots in DNA
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on March 10, 2021: Gene editing with CRISPR enzymes inside living cells could become more effective and accurate after researchers at The University of Texas at Austin unveiled how inner workings can help or hinder the process. The new insights are in a study published today in the journal Science Advances. One of the challenges of editing DNA inside living cells is that there are 2 meters' worth of   more

University of Texas: Earthquake System Strengthens National Network
AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 (TNSRep) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: Now in its fifth year of operation, the Bureau of Economic Geology's TexNet earthquake monitoring system manages more than 150 seismic stations throughout Texas and has been integrated into the country's national monitoring system operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). TexNet helps fill a major coverage hole in the national system, which had sparse coverage of the state. It is now part of the   more

University of Texas: Eyes of Texas History Committee Issues Report on School Song
AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: A committee of two dozen faculty scholars, students, and alumni -- including athletes and Longhorn Band representatives -- has completed their work documenting the nearly 120-year history of "The Eyes of Texas" as part of The University of Texas at Austin's commitment to fully own, acknowledge and teach about its school song. The Eyes of Texas History Committee released their findings in a 58-page re  more

University of Texas: Marketers Move the Needle for Entrepreneurs
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: Entrepreneurs often focus their efforts on financing and innovating. Yet marketing is just as crucial to the growth of a small business, according to new research from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. In the first empirical study to isolate the role a marketing professional plays in the growth of small-business ventures, Ugandan entrepreneurs coached by marketers i  more

Virginia Tech: Charles Schwab Gift Will Fund Endowed Scholarships in Financial Planning to Support Students From Underrepresented Communities
BLACKSBURG, Virginia, March 10 -- Virginia Tech issued the following news: Virginia Tech has received a $500,000 gift from the Charles Schwab Corp. -- funded through the Charles Schwab Foundation -- to endow a scholarship program that will provide financial assistance and career opportunities to students from underrepresented communities. Virginia Tech is among seven schools that the Charles Schwab Corp. has announced are its partners in an initiative to help expand the pipeline of diverse tal  more